CLARION, Pa. — Much like the theme all season long, the Central Clarion Wildcats used a variety of weaponry to deal another District 9 opponent a lopsided loss.
Friday night at Pennest Clarion’s Memorial Stadium, the Wildcats scored on nine of 12 possessions before kneeling out the clock on their 13th in a 63-18 romp over Brookville in the District 9 Class 2A title game.
It was the second win of the season against the Raiders, who hung around a little bit in a 49-27 Wildcats win in Week 1. The Raiders lost in Week 2, then reeled off nine straight wins to get a title game rematch, but the Wildcats were ready and hiked their unbeaten record to 11-0.
“This is where we worked to be all offseason, to get back into the state playoffs and get another shot at Westinghouse,” said Wildcats head coach Dave Eggleton, whose team meets Westinghouse at a District 9 site and time to be announced. “You can’t say enough about how hard these guys worked in the offseason to put ourselves in this position.”
Westinghouse, the District 8 or City League champion, advanced with a 37-20 win over District 5’s Berlin. The Bulldogs beat the Wildcats 44-8 last year on their way to a state runner-up finish.
Balanced Wildcats? No question, with junior quarterback Jase Ferguson leading the way. Eight different Wildcats scored touchdowns with Brady Quinn rushing for a TD and catching one of Ferguson’s five TD passes.
The Wildcats piled up 458 yards of offense, 230 rushing and 228 passing. Ferguson completed 13 of 20 passes with five scoring throws to five different receivers while rushing for 46 yards on seven attempts.
Ferguson connected with Tommy Smith for the game-opening score on a 12-yard pass, Hayden Hindman on a 23-yarder and Mason Burford on a 2-yard TD to put the Wildcats up 35-6 just before halftime. In the second half, Ferguson threw a 6-yarder to Dawson Small in the third quarter and a 7-yarder to Quinn in the fourth quarter.
Noah Harrison ran for 53 yards on six carries and scored on a 10-yard run in the second quarter while Quinn’s 3-yard TD run and Brendon Wright’s 11-yarder came in the second half.
The Wildcats’ Jesse Siwiecki recovered a fumble on a dropped Raiders punt snap in the end zone in the first quarter.
The Raiders scored their lone touchdown in the first half on Hayden Freeman’s 93-yard kick return in the second quarter and twice on Charlie Krug to Jack Pete TD passes of 5 and 14 yards in the second half.
Krug completed 9 of 30 passes for 141 yards and was intercepted three times, twice by the Wildcats’ Quinn.
CENTRAL CLARION 63, BROOKVILLE 18
Score By Quarters
Brookville 0 6 12 0 – 18
Central Clarion 14 21 14 14 – 63
C – Tommy Smith 12 pass from Jase Ferguson (Thomas Uckert kick), 7:59.
C – Jesse Siwiecki fumble recovery in end zone (Uckert kick), 1:51.
C – Hayden Hindman 23 pass from Jase Ferguson (Uckert kick), 7:17.
B – Hayden Freeman 93 kick return (kick failed), 7:01.
C – Noah Harrison 10 run (Uckert kick), 5:50.
C – Mason Burford 2 pass from Jase Ferguson (Uckert kick), :36.0.
B – Jack Pete 5 pass from Charlie Krug (pass failed), 6:38.
C – Brady Quinn 3 run (Uckert kick), 6:17.
C – Dawson Smail 6 pass from Jase Ferguson (Uckert kick), 4:16.
B – Jack Pete 14 pass from Charlie Krug (pass failed), 1:05.
C – Brady Quinn 7 pass from Jase Ferguson (Uckert kick), 8:05.
C – Brendon Wright 11 run (Uckert kick), 3:46.
Brookville Central Clarion
RUSHING: Brookville — Tony Ceriani 13-45, Charlie Krug 7-15, John Fritsch 1-3, Riley Payne 1-(-12), Parker Kalgren 1-(-19). Central Clarion — Noah Harrison 6-53, Brady Quinn 5-50, Jase Ferguson 7-46, Ethan Rex 7-37, Brendon Wright 3-22, Alex Love 1-20, Noah Naser 2-3, Team 3-(-3).
PASSING: Brookville — Charlie Krug 9-for-30, 141 yards, 2 TDs, 3 Ints. Central Clarion — Jase Ferguson 13-for-20, 230 yards, 5 TDs, 1 Int.
RECEIVING: Brookville — Sam Krug 3-45, Tony Ceriani 2-49, Jack Pete 2-19, Dante Morey 1-22, Easton Belfiore 1-6. Central Clarion — Hayden Hindman 2-61, Dawson Smail 3-23, Tommy Smith 2-45, Brady Quinn 3-42, Mason Burford 2-45, Kohen Kemmer 1-14.
INTERCEPTIONS: Brookville — Dante Morey. Central Clarion — Jase Ferguson, Brady Quinn 2.